Category Archives: Education

Promiscuity or Promised?

 

The name Harvey Weinstein has become as familiar as Winnie the Pooh, but be assured the similarity stops there! He is called a sex addict and predator. He is not alone. We have also heard allegations of what is being called “inappropriate behavior” brought against Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman, Roy Moore, and a long list of others. People are asking “why?” Why is this happening?

If you really want an answer, make it easy on yourself. Go to Chapter Four of my book Who’s Got Dibs on Your Kids? I report there how our kids are introduced to all kinds of sexual immorality as early as preschool. While some sex education classes require abstinence be taught, it is often no more than, “We know the only way to absolutely prevent pregnancy is abstinence; we also know you are going to do it anyway, so here’s how.” Middle school not only teaches a variety of approaches to having sex, but often gives graphic how-to lessons, along with how to safely engage in high-risk sex.

I recommend you take the time right now to jump to the article “Franklin Graham Warns Parents Public Schools are Part of ‘Agenda to Pervert Minds of Children.’” I think you’ll be amazed if you aren’t already aware of how pervasive this kind of sex education material is.

In the article “Sex Ed Pervasive on Campus, K-12” by Bill Korach, he states:

There has been an explosion of graphic sex education classes in colleges and K-12 across America. The classes at all levels of education are both graphic and explicit. And they generally tend to promote sexual experimentation. Pubic school is where official “grooming” of children – preparing them to accept molestation when it happens – is becoming business as usual.

The term “promiscuity” has become old-fashioned—your kids most probably will not hear it in school. If you use thesaurus.com you will find only three synonyms: lewdness, looseness, and indiscrimination. Rather innocuous-sounding descriptions of that behavior. Of course, if you dig deeper by clicking on lewdness, you will find carnality, depravity, dirtiness, erotism, evilness, grossness, impurity, lustfulness, obscenity, smut, vulgarity, wickedness, unchasitity, and so on. You get the picture. Those words put promiscuity into a different frame to hang on your kids’ wall of most-unwanted character traits. Fortunately, many of the young women enticed by the sexual predators of cinema, music, art, and other professions recognize the trap and do an immediate about-face. Some are more naïve, and their lives may be changed forever. Some consent because the enticement of advancement of their careers takes precedence over any other consideration. And, as I am sure you have learned, the sexual predators do not limit themselves to females. Young boys and men are also part of the prey. God addresses this challenge in 1 John 2:15-16:

“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.”

So how do you protect your daughter or son from falling into the trap of what God lumps into one commandment: Adultery? What is classed as “sexual impurity” falls into that category: Lust of the flesh and lust of the eyes, whether sexual acts, viewing porn, or dressing seductively are adultery. Advancing your career through adultery because of a hunger to be successful—pride of life—comes to the forefront in the commandments about coveting.

Start with making certain that your kids don’t think adultery refers only to married people. It includes every sexual impurity known, no matter what your age or marital status. But as long as marriage has entered the conversation, teach your kids that from birth their lives have been promised to the man or woman they will at some time in the future meet and marry. They should learn how very precious the union between them and their mate-to-be is. To be able to give oneself to husband or wife at marriage untouched, virtuous, and chaste, fulfills the life-long mindfulness of the idea of “promised.”

If this post sounds too “preachy,” remember the question asked in the first paragraph: Why? Before your kids fall into the trap society and culture set out for them, tell them why this is all happening and then give them good, solid, doable ways to turn their back on it. If your kids go to public school start there with their sex education classes. Make sure there are advance notices of what will be taught, fight for an opt-in form, but if you can’t get that insist on receiving an opt-out form. Let me know what kind of sex education is presented to your kids in your schools.

 

Parental Rights: Do You Have Any?

ParentalRights.org is organizing a campaign to clarify this parental rights matter. They are trying to get an Amendment to the U. S. Constitution that will define parental rights. Here is a ParentalRights.org video you may find interesting. As it stands now, you may not have the right to make decisions for your child in many instances.

Let’s take a look at some defining court cases.

Did you know that your rights as a parent end when your kids go through the schoolhouse door? In the Fields v. Palmdale School District (PSD) lawsuit the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, in November 2005, decided that issue as regards sex education:

In summary, we hold that there is no free-standing fundamental right of parents “to control the upbringing of their children by introducing them to matters of and relating to sex in accordance with their personal and religious values and beliefs” . . . We conclude only that the parents are possessed of no constitutional right to prevent the public schools from providing information on that subject to their students in any forum or manner they select. (Emphasis added.)

That court also stated parents’ “fundamental right to control the education of their children is, at the least, substantially diminished.” (Please read Chapter Ten in Who’s Got Dibs on Your Kids? for more information on parental rights.)

Created by the Intellectual Freedom Committee 2005-2007, Association for Library Service to Children, a Division of the American Library Association

And in Troxel v. Granville (2000) the Supreme Court tossed a parental rights issue to individual judges and states to apply their own rules to parental rights. I find it astonishing that Justice Antonin Scalia determined that parents have no constitutionally protected rights whatsoever. Only Justice Thomas clearly stated that parental rights receive the same high legal standard of protection as other fundamental rights. However, even that statement is ambiguous because I can find no clear statement (although there may be such a statement that I haven’t found) of exactly what your “fundamental rights” as parents are.

The claim is made that “Laws in a majority of states limit or entirely deny to parents any ‘right’ to be present on school grounds where their child is in attendance.” Check out the status of parental rights laws in your state.

God’s commandments include one to children: “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you” (Exodus 20:12 NIV). But Scripture also gives parents instructions: “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).

The Bible is full of blessings and admonitions regarding the responsibilities of both children and parents: “My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart” (Proverbs 3:1). “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?” (Luke 11: 11-12). Is what is being taught in many public schools the equivalent of giving your child a snake or a scorpion?

Ask yourself if parents’ rights (and obligations as Christian parents) have been given over to the government, or taken from them by the government. If that has happened, is an amendment to our Constitution the best way to correct that?

I’ll be interested in hearing from you whether you think establishing parental rights by means of a Constitutional Amendment is a good idea.

Congratulations to Arizona Lutheran Academy (ALA)

 

Champions in academics with almost 100% of graduates attending college, winners in sports, and a fantastic music program. Can’t wait to see what expansion follows your purchase of new land. CONGRATULATIONS ON 40 YEARS OF COMMITMENT TO CHRISTIAN TRAINING OF YOUR STUDENTS!

Textbook Reviewers Wanted

Volunteer to read textbooks

It won’t come as a surprise to those of you who have read my book Who’s Got Dibs on Your Kids? or have been followers of my blog, but our kids’ textbooks are in real trouble. Some concerned people have been taking steps to correct this.

In Florida they formed the Florida Citizens’ Alliance, with the stated focus to “Stop Federal Overreach and Restore Our Individual Rights, Guaranteed Under The Constitution.” They were serious. They encouraged all residents of Collier County to attend a school board meeting in June stating: “THIS IS NOT A PARTISAN ISSUE. IT IS ABOUT OUR CHILDREN’S FUTURE, following  FLORIDA LAWS and  adopting FACTUAL, UNBIASED  TEXTBOOKS that are not used to indoctrinate our children. We need a large turnout and your collective voice to adopt ONLY the highest quality textbooks!”

Their efforts were not in vain. They played a big part in getting the Florida legislature to pass SR 989, requiring school districts to allow “a resident of a county to challenge the use or adoption of instructional materials; revising the requirements relating to the district school board process for objecting to or appealing the use or adoption of instructional materials; requiring a school district to discontinue use of materials under certain circumstances; requiring sufficient procedural protections for a public hearing relating to a challenge to the adoption of instructional materials; requiring a school district to provide access to school library materials upon written request” along with other changes in the existing law.

Similar laws are being passed in other states and The Report Card is looking for volunteers to read and review these textbooks. The Report Card has formed a partnership with Truth in Textbooks (TNT) (formerly known as Truth in Texas Textbooks TTT) founded by Lt. Col. Roy White, USAF Ret.

TNT is made up of volunteers, and has had great success conducting the necessary research and lobbying influence at local and state levels in eliminating or correcting many falsehoods found in the US History, World History, U.S. Government, and Geography textbooks. Publishers of textbooks reviewed by TNT include Pearson, Worldview, McGraw Hill, Discovery Education, Houghton Mifflin, Perfection, and Cengage. You’ll find their report on Social Studies Textbooks, Summary of Proclamation 2015 interesting reading. It is a PDF colored chart that gives the publisher, %TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills), their grade, and the criteria used for the evaluation. With only 50 volunteers in 2014, they identified more than 1500 errors in the proposed social studies textbooks. After studying the 469-page report and hearing testimony, the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) eliminated or corrected more than 60% of the errors before the books were accepted for use in the classrooms. “As a result, over 5 million children have more accurate textbooks as a result of the work of Truth in Textbooks and their volunteers.”

Learn more about this program at The Report Card article “History, Social Studies Textbook Reviewers Wanted.” You can make a difference!

The First Amendment – Hide and Seek

I know I had it. Did I lose it?

“I know I put that somewhere. Where could it be?”

We’ve all probably said that more than once. We had something. It was important. But now it seems lost—forever? Most things we usually locate again. If you’re like my husband and me, the thing we’re searching for could be in a completely ridiculous place, like airplane glue in the vegetable drawer of the refrigerator. Or right in front of our eyes, and we simply do not see it until someone says, “Is this what you’re looking for? It’s right here!”

It seems our First Amendment has done a disappearing act, too. Oh, everybody knows there is a First Amendment, and many know vaguely that it refers to freedom of speech and religion, but more and more that’s as far as knowledge goes. This is very apparent from what we’re seeing happen on our college campuses. Certain speakers cannot be invited to speak on campus, or their invitation is withdrawn after being accepted. The reason often given now is “a matter of public safety.” Students are rioting if someone with ideas they differ with dares to show up. They claim their riotous behavior is allowed under the First Amendment. Where did these young people learn the meaning of the First Amendment? From their parents? In middle school or high school? Or were they ever taught anything about it at all except what they picked up from the public rhetoric of people with an agenda?

People other than me were wondering about this, too. Brookings Institution published a survey of undergrads designed to find out how they viewed their rights under the First Amendment. You can read all about it here, but let me share a few of the results.

The term “odious” is rightfully used for what is designated as “hate speech,” but Americans can use that type of language to their hearts content, for it is protected speech under the First Amendment. However the study revealed that only 39% of those surveyed knew it was protected—44% said it wasn’t, and 16% simply didn’t know.

A question asked if an on-campus organization hosting an event is legally required to ensure that the event includes not only the speaker some consider offensive, but also a speaker who presents an opposing view—62% said “Yes” and 38% “No.” The First Amendment has no such requirement.

The majority of students (51%) also believed it was acceptable to shout and be disruptive when opposed to the ideas of a speaker, even to the point that the audience cannot hear the speaker. A FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) website article says that while a heckling shout is permissible, “Make no mistake: When a heckler thinks he or she has the right to forcibly prevent others from hearing a speaker and uses heckling as a blunt instrument to silence speech, heckling cannot be condoned as free expression.”

It gets worse. When asked if they agreed or disagreed that it is acceptable to use violence to prevent the speaker from speaking, 19% said that was acceptable behavior. John Villasenor, who conducted the survey, wrote:

These results are notable for several reasons. First, the fraction of students who view the use of violence as acceptable is extremely high. While percentages in the high teens and 20s are “low” relative to what they could be, it’s important to remember that this question is asking about the acceptability of committing violence in order to silence speech. Any number significantly above zero is concerning. (Emphasis added.)

Please, parents, if your kids are starting college, warn them about their rights under our Constitution. Don’t let them get misled and in trouble with the law because “everybody’s doing it.” If your kids are younger, teach them now to respect our Constitution, and honor the Bill of Rights. If you don’t, they may never learn about that in school.

And another suggestion: let them know that obscenity may not be protected under the First Amendment. The Supreme Court has a lot to say about that. If more of the public, including high-profile entertainers and TV opinion shows, knew they could be prosecuted for foul language, maybe we wouldn’t have to listen to all the bleep-outs in the evening news.

Let me know if your kids are learning about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights in school.